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  • Health and Wellness

    How To Stay Healthy When Your Medications Cause Weight Gain

    Jessica*- a colleague of mine from the Hospital- started opening up to me one day about her frustrations with a recent 40 lbs weight gain. She had recently been diagnosed with “lupus” (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) – an autoimmune disorder that causes full-body inflammation and affects multiple organ systems. Jessica had spent many years of her life without knowing she had lupus. Only recently did all of her symptoms finally get pieced together. She was started on strong medications (to suppress…

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    Are You A Healthy Eater? Let Me Challenge You On That!

    Free meal planner template

    Have you started noticing a few pounds slowly creeping onto your body recently? Are you recovering from surgery and lack the ability to exercise? Are you overwhelmed with school, caring for a young child, meal prepping, and balancing a job? If so, let’s hone in on those few extra pounds by ignoring your intentional exercise (or perhaps lack thereof) and talk about two things in particular: Nutrition and mindfulness. When asked about your diet, do you say without hesitation; “Oh,…

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    How To Be A Gracious Guest WITHOUT A Tray Of Cinnamon Buns

    Cinnamon buns - Emotional eating triggers

    Lucy* – a patient of mine from clinic- was hesitant to admit that the strength of her weight loss efforts was slowly dwindling away. When I asked her what her biggest barrier was to maintaining her weight loss, she spoke to me of one thing in particular: Emotional Eating. At first, her weight loss efforts were strong. She wrangled in her husband as her accountability partner, and they both were making consistent improvements toward their health. Her weight was slowly…

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    Quick And Easy Meals When You’re Tired And Exhausted

    Quick And Easy Meals When You're Tired And Exhausted

    Laurie* was six weeks out from breast surgery and couldn’t WAIT to have her activity restrictions lifted. As a woman in her 50s, she was a busy-body; always active, on her feet, and working on projects either in her backyard or in her house. Six weeks of activity restrictions (ie: no lifting, pushing, or pulling > 5 lbs) had caused some extra pounds to slowly creep back on her body. She admits to being “dependent on exercise” to shield her…

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